Gannon Alumna Stacy Juchno's $100,000 Gift Launches a $400,000 Cyber Innovation Fund

Gannon alumna Stacy Juchno and her husband, Scott Dibble. Juchno's $100,000 gift will fund faculty recruitment and support of faculty and student-driven research within I-HACK.

Gannon alumna Stacy Juchno and her husband, Scott Dibble. Juchno's $100,000 gift will fund faculty recruitment and support of faculty and student-driven research within I-HACK.

A Gannon University graduate’s $100,000 gift will create a special innovation fund that will be used to recruit high- demand faculty and support faculty and student industry-driven research within the Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge, or I-HACK.

The gift, made by 1998 alumna Stacy Juchno and her husband, Scott Dibble, is the first major gift by an individual that will accelerate the university’s I-HACK initiative.

Juchno, 44, is an executive vice president and general auditor at PNC Financial Services Group Inc. She is a member of Gannon University’s Board of Trustees and has been a guest speaker at the university’s Accounting and Business Days.

“I am excited to give back to Gannon University in my hometown of Erie, where my career journey really began,” Juchno said. “Gannon helped get me started, and I am very fortunate to have an amazing career at PNC that allows me to pay it forward to the future students through cyber innovation at Gannon.”

Juchno’s gift is being matched by Gannon University, creating a $200,000 endowed Juchno Cyber Innovation Fund. The University is excited to launch a matching campaign to build the fund to $400,000 to drive industry-academic innovation in downtown. To contribute to advancing cyber education and training at Gannon, visit www.gannon.edu/juchnofund or call Almitra Clerkin, associate vice president for University Advancement, at (814) 871-7786.

The Juchno Cyber Innovation Fund will be used to support the project’s launch and to aid immediate faculty and staff recruitment and development. The matching gift funds and Gannon-matched funds will build the endowment for ongoing faculty and student support.

“The College of Engineering and Business thanks Stacy Juchno for her support as the first private donor toward the I-HACK project,” said Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Business at Gannon University. “Our students, faculty and staff will benefit substantially from this gift today and for decades to come.”

Gannon President Keith Taylor, Ph. D., praised Juchno for her contributions to the University.

“Stacy Juchno’s incredible generosity reflects the character and values instilled in our Gannon graduates,” he said. “We are blessed by Stacy’s passion for giving back and supporting her alma mater as a University Trustee and now as the inaugural contributor to Gannon’s launch into the cybersecurity arena in the Institute for Health and Cyber Knowledge.

“The Juchno Cyber Innovation Fund will provide critical resources to support our faculty and students as they create and innovate with industry partners across the globe,” Taylor said.

Juchno is a graduate of McDowell Senior High School who received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Gannon in 1998. After Gannon, she worked at Arthur Anderson, Ernst & Young, and at a telecommunications company before joining PNC in 2009. She is a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Southwestern PA and is co-chair of the Women’s Leadership Council.

Her grant follows two other recent announcements for Gannon’s cyber engineering and cybersecurity programs and for I- HACK, which will be housed in Knight Tower and which is designed to educate and train a premiere workforce while recruiting businesses and facilitating industry-academic interaction. In early summer, the Orris C. & Beatrice Dewey Hirtzel Memorial Foundation awarded it a $402,500 grant, and last month it received a $2 million grant through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program.

Gannon’s I-HACK initiative was announced in November and facility design work began shortly thereafter to transform the former Verizon call center building. Those architectural plans continue to be refined but work inside the building is expected to begin in early October.

Student recruiting efforts for two new majors – cybersecurity and cyber engineering – were simultaneously launched early this year and a talented group of pioneer students enrolled in the program’s first class this fall.

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